Chicago overtakes Atlanta as USA’s busiest airport

O’Hare moved past Atlanta for having the most “flight operations” in 2018, according to the full-year figures released by the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday. It was the first time since 2014 that O’Hare beat Atlanta in the category. So, what’s the catch? Atlanta is expected to remain both the USA’s and the world’s busiest in terms of passenger count, which is generally considered the traditional barometer for determining the title of “world’s busiest.” Those numbers are expected to be released by the Airports Council International trade group this spring. For those curious, O’Hare had 903,747 flight operations in 2018, according to the FAA data. That was a year-over-year increase of about 4 percent, just enough to overtake Atlanta and its count of 895,502 total flight operations for the year. In determining the total number of flight operations, the FAA counts commercial airline flights, general aviation flights, military flights and air taxi operations. As for O’Hare, it actually drops to No. 3 in the U.S. when measured by passengers. In 2017, 79.9 million passengers flew through O’Hare, ranking it sixth in the world. Los Angeles was the USA’s No. 2 airport in 2017, when it saw a total of 84.6 million passengers. But for 2018, at least, it appears there will be a split “world’s busiest” title in the USA for the first time since 2014.

Puerto Vallarta OPEN named best 2018 Challenger by ATP

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board congratulates the Puerto Vallarta Open on being named one of the top challenges in the world. Announced by the ATP this morning, the 2018 ATP Challenger Tour Tournaments of the Year, are voted by players. Winners included the Vancouver (Canada) and Heilbronn (Germany) Challenger Tour stops for the second consecutive year, with Puerto Vallarta (Mexico) making its debut on the ATP Challenger Tour calendar in 2018. Puerto Vallarta has a long history with the ATP. The 2019 Puerto Vallarta Open will take place from April 29 to May 5 and will have a prize bag of 135,400 USD.

Fiesta Americana new openings

FIESTA AMERICANA TULKAL RIVIERA MAYA

Tulkal is an incredible destination located just 8 miles from Tulum. Surrounded by tropical forest and Mexico’s Caribbean Coast, Tulkal has something for everyone. Whether you are looking for an adventure or relaxation, Fiesta Americana Tulkal Riviera Maya sets the stage for unforgettable experiences.This resort offers 734 rooms and suites featuring balconies, 13 restaurants and bars, a Fiesta Kids Club, a water park, a spa, a lobby for individuals and a separate one for groups, fully equipped meeting rooms, gazebos and an outdoor terrace for special events. All of these outstanding amenities provide for a fabulous stay in paradise.

LIVE AQUA BEACH RESORT TULKAL RIVIERA MAYA

It is time to discover the natural wonders of Tulkal. Located just 8 miles from Tulum, this hidden gem is the perfect destination for those who love admiring, exploring or enjoying nature. Live Aqua Beach Resort Tulkal Riviera Maya will captivate your senses with unparalleled natural views, bold flavors, clear blue skies, the gentle touch of the cool breeze and the irresistible aromas of this tropical paradise. The Resort offers 343 rooms and suites featuring a private balcony, an Aqua Lounge, direct access to Feel Beach, a pool, a spa, over 10 restaurants and bars, a lobby for individuals and another for groups, fully equipped meeting rooms, gazebos and fabulous terraces for special events. With so many experiences and possibilities, your Live Aqua stay will be truly yours.

FIESTA AMERICANA CONDESA RIVIERA MAYA

Over 80 miles of sandy beaches and tropical forest crown the Riviera Maya. Discover one of the world’s hottest beach destinations blessed by Mexico’s east coast and the exotic wonders of the state of Quintana Roo. Blue Caribbean waters, the Great Maya Reef and freshwater diving in underground lagoons called “cenotes”, as well as ecotourist destinations and archaeological zones, will make you come back again and again. And now, Fiesta Americana Condesa Riviera Maya is a part of this paradise. Featuring 426 rooms, a spa, a fitness center, a water park, a Kids Club, a Teens Club and a theater, this resort is the perfect getaway to create long lasting memories.

Whale watching in Los Cabos

Because of the annual migration to the Sea of Cortez, the best time for Whale Watching in Los Cabos, is from mid-December until mid-April; allowing for up to five months of whale watching splendor. During this near half year, Humpback Whales and Gray Whales tend to meander really close to the Bay of Cabo San Lucas and its southern Sea of Cortez coastline. The variety of whales that everyone visiting Cabo comes to photograph, film and see are the Humpback Whales, that are either dark gray or black in color with white patches on their stomach and have two blowholes located on the top of their heads. It is the Humpback’s that are known to be generally curious, and often approach sigh-seeing boats; coming up alongside the boat or even swimming beneath it.  The rest of the popular whales that inhabit the warm Mexico waters during their visits, include the Gray Whales, which are the second most commonly encountered whale species in Cabo, and the Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Sperm Whales, and Killer Whales.

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